United Kingdom unveils online tool to block ISIS content

Britain partners with AI startup to bracket extremist content

Britain partners with AI startup to bracket extremist content

Speaking to the BBC, Home Secretary Amber Rudd said that she hasn't ruled out the possibility of forcing tech companies to use their technology. (AP Photo/Kirsty Wigglesworth/file) FILE - This is a Thursday March 23, 2017 file photo of Britain's Home Secretary Amber Rudd speaks during a vigil in Trafalgar Square, London.

It has been trained on more than 1,000 pieces of Daesh footage, detects 94 per cent of terrorist content with 99.99 per cent accuracy, and, when integrated into the upload process of any platform, could help to prevent the majority of terrorist videos from being made public in the first place.

The government in the United Kingdom has publicised its plans to roll out a tool that will be used in the detection of jihadist and extremist content, blocking it from being viewed.

Anything the software identifies as potential IS material would be flagged up for a human decision to be taken. "Because we know that terrorist content isn't just a problem for the Facebooks and Googles of this world, but for smaller platforms too", Ms Rudd said.

"This Government has been taking the lead worldwide in making sure that vile terrorist content is stamped out".

Developed by ASI Data Science, the system takes advantage of machine learning to analyze online videos and determine the contents.

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Facebook is one of the platforms the government has been pestering to do more to combat online extremism. There are tools out there that can do exactly what we're asking for.

The company said it typically flagged 0.005% of non-IS video uploads.

But smaller platforms are increasingly targeted by ISIS and its supporters and they often do not have the same level of resources to develop technology.

She discussed the new anti-terror tool on her visit during talks with internet service providers in the country as part of the Global Internet Forum to Counter Terrorism, which was launched previous year in the aftermath of the UK Parliament attack in March 2017.

The government also faces a challenge in predicting which platforms terrorists will turn to next.

The Home Office estimates that between July and the end of 2017, extremist material appeared in nearly 150 web services that had not been used for such propaganda before.

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